Steak and Heirloom Tomato Salad for #SundaySupper

by Renee on August 3, 2014

Steak and Heirloom Tomato Salad | Magnolia Days

There are too many words going through my head. The excitement of this post has me in a whirlwind of thought. There is so much I want to write and focusing on a storyline is difficult. The only thing I can do is start from the beginning, or rather, base of it all. What am I so excited about? It is beef and goes from how it has been such a part of my life to watching Chef Dave make this Steak and Heirloom Tomato Salad at the Food and Wine Conference.

My dad taught me so much about beef cutting and cooking. He learned how from working in a butcher shop before his career in the airline industry. My parents would cook beef often and so have I through the years. I have it in some way a few times a week. Last year when The Beef Checkoff invited me to go to a beef workshop, I was all over it. It was a fantastic weekend learning about beef and enjoying it with fellow food bloggers. While I was there I had to slip in a mention of Sunday Supper and hope that one day we would partner with them. One can only dare to dream…

Steak and Heirloom Tomato Salad | Magnolia Days

Then conference planning kicked in earlier this year. I jumped for joy when The Beef Checkoff signed on as a sponsor plus a Sunday Supper campaign. Then the most incredible thing happened. They asked if I would be a part of their session at the conference to present on food photography. I could not be more honored and thrilled! I knew I would be photographing three recipes however what I didn’t know was how much I would be inspired by one of them. It was the moments when Chef Dave told me he would be doing the salad Napoleon style then watching him build it during his demo. Wow. I had to make this salad and photograph it. I simply had to.

Chef Dave Making Beef Tomato Salad

A little information about beef: It’s good for you. Beef is loaded with nutrients and a three ounce serving provides about half of the daily value for protein. Research has shown including lean beef in a heart-healthy lifestyle improved cholesterol levels. Beef is versatile too. There are many different cooking methods for it and you will find it a part of cuisines all over the world. This steak and heirloom tomato salad is one of The Beef Checkoff’s healthy dinner ideas (called Beef & Heirloom Tomato Salad with Balsamic Syrup on their site).

Steak and Heirloom Tomato Salad | Magnolia Days

Are you ready to cook beef? Be sure to scroll down to find more recipes by Sunday Supper contributors. Also take a look at the Beef – Let’s Celebrate Pinterest board and check out these salads too: Spicy Thai Beef Salad and Roast Beef Pasta Salad.

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Steak and Heirloom Tomato Salad

35 minutes

Makes 4 servings

Steak and Heirloom Tomato Salad

    For the balsamic syrup:
  • 1 cup balsamic vinegar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons olive oil
  • For the salad:
  • 2 beef Ranch steaks, cut 3/4 thick (about 8 ounces each)
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons chopped fresh thyme
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons minced garlic
  • 4 cups arugula leaves, torn into pieces
  • 6 small heirloom tomatoes (2 each red, green, and yellow) sliced
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/4 cup Parmesan shavings
For the balsamic syrup:

Bring vinegar to a boil in medium saucepan; reduce heat and simmer 20 minutes or until reduced to about 1/3 cup (consistency will be syrupy). Remove from heat; cool. Season with 1/2 teaspoon salt and 1/4 teaspoon pepper. Whisk in oil.

For the salad:

Press thyme and garlic evenly onto beef steaks. Spray large nonstick skillet with cooking spray; heat over medium heat until hot. Place steaks in skillet; cook 8 to 11 minutes for medium rare (145°F) to medium (160°F) doneness, turning twice. Carve steaks into thin slices. Arrange arugula and tomatoes on serving platter; drizzle with Balsamic Syrup. Top with steak slices; sprinkle with 1/2 teaspoon salt, 1/4 teaspoon pepper and cheese shavings.

Notes

Recipe courtesy of The Beef Checkoff www.BeefItsWhatsForDinner.com

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Disclosure: This post is sponsored by the The Beef Checkoff. All opinions are my own. Chef Dave photo courtesy of Ashlee Hamon Photography.

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Paula @ Vintage Kitchen Notes August 3, 2014 at 5:54 am

This looks so sophisticated Renee! Beef and good tomatoes, it doesn’t get much better for a summer lunch. Love it! Meat and planes, sounds like my family, lol!

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Renee August 9, 2014 at 9:39 am

Thank you Paula it does sound like your family from what I’ve read in your posts. What a great way to grow up with beef and planes.

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Jennifer @ Peanut Butter and Peppers August 3, 2014 at 6:33 am

Yum Renee! What a great idea! I love it!! Tomatoes and steak, what a delish combo.

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Renee August 9, 2014 at 9:38 am

Thanks Jennifer

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Susan August 3, 2014 at 7:56 am

I really need to make this one and now that I have all the heirloom tomatoes I can! It’s such a show stopper and who can beat the combination of steak and tomatoes? Potatoes are about to get replaced!

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Renee August 9, 2014 at 9:38 am

Thanks Susan! One must enjoy the heirloom tomato season as much as possible.

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Liz August 3, 2014 at 10:31 am

Wow, Renee, these really are breathtaking photos! And I know this is as delicious as it looks :)

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Renee August 9, 2014 at 9:37 am

Thanks so much Liz and it sure does taste as good as it looks.

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Dorothy at Shockingly Delicious August 3, 2014 at 10:42 am

I adored the looks of that salad at the conference, and yours is even more stunningly beautiful! This should be the cover of the beef magazine!

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Renee August 9, 2014 at 9:37 am

Thanks a bunch Dorothy.

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Cindys Recipes and Writings August 3, 2014 at 10:56 am

You can say that you literally grew up on beef! I love beef cold in salads too. Beautiful pictures, Renee!

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Renee August 9, 2014 at 9:36 am

I usually grill extra steak just so I can have the leftovers for salads and sandwiches.

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Constance J Smith (@FoodieArmyWife) August 3, 2014 at 11:06 am

Holey socks! This is a piece of art. Gorgeous tomatoes, mouth watering steak. Yes please!

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Renee August 9, 2014 at 9:35 am

Holey socks – you crack me up Conni. Thanks so much for making me smile and your kind compliment.

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Alice // Hip Foodie Mom August 3, 2014 at 11:23 am

This is a work of art!!!! Beautiful, pinned and sharing now!

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Renee August 9, 2014 at 9:35 am

Thank you very much and you know I appreciate the pin and shares.

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Family Foodie August 3, 2014 at 12:21 pm

I have been drooling over this dish since the conference — Your photos make it look even better!

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Renee August 9, 2014 at 9:34 am

Thanks Isabel

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Brianne @ Cupcakes & Kale Chips August 3, 2014 at 12:53 pm

Renee, you did an amazing job recreating this dish. My beefsteak tomatoes will be red soon, and this will be on the menu!

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Renee August 9, 2014 at 9:34 am

How great you will have your own beefsteak tomatoes for this salad. Wish you could send some to me.

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Jodee Weiland August 3, 2014 at 1:14 pm

This salad looks absolutely delicious! I love the idea of steak on a salad, especially with heirloom tomatoes…what great flavor! Thanks for sharing!

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Renee August 9, 2014 at 9:33 am

Thank you very much Jodee

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Shaina August 3, 2014 at 1:51 pm

This looks gorgeous!! Even better than the one at the demo ;-)

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Renee August 9, 2014 at 9:32 am

Thanks so much Shaina.

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Beate August 3, 2014 at 5:46 pm

Renee – this dish is unbelievably delicious looking and sounding; I can tell you that Mia Rose would ask for seconds. Steak, tomatoes, and balsamic drizzle…it does not get any better than this.

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Renee August 9, 2014 at 9:32 am

Thanks Beate and I hope you do make it for Mia Rose and give her seconds too.

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Jennie @themessybakerblog August 3, 2014 at 5:59 pm

Renee, this is the prettiest salad I’ve ever laid eyes on. I have my fork and knife ready!

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Renee August 9, 2014 at 9:31 am

Oh Jennie you are so sweet. Thanks a bunch!

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Courtney @ Neighborfood August 3, 2014 at 8:20 pm

This is so incredibly gorgeous. This was definitely the most memorable of the beef dishes for me too. I love the presentation and that it uses great in season tomatoes!

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Renee August 9, 2014 at 9:31 am

It certainly is a show stopper. I know it is something I’ll be serving when entertaining soon.

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Hezzi-D August 3, 2014 at 9:13 pm

WOW! What a stunningly beautiful and colorful summer salad!

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Renee August 9, 2014 at 9:30 am

Thanks Heather

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Thalia @ butter and brioche August 4, 2014 at 4:55 am

these look SO delicious.. definitely know what i will be making for dinner tonight. thanks for the inspiration!

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Renee August 9, 2014 at 9:29 am

You are welcome and I hope you enjoy the salad. My husband and I sure did.

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Tammi @ Momma's Meals August 4, 2014 at 2:09 pm

Oh my! This is one salad I could eat daily!! Love your shots Renee!

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Renee August 9, 2014 at 9:28 am

I even made a sandwich using the components of the salad and it was awesome too.

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Stacy August 5, 2014 at 12:10 am

Wow, Renee! This is a stunning salad! I love the heirloom tomatoes and the beef and the drizzling of balsamic syrup too. Perfection on a plate.

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Renee August 9, 2014 at 9:27 am

It tastes as good as it looks too. My husband really enjoyed it (and so did I).

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Anita at Hungry Couple August 5, 2014 at 2:32 pm

Great post, Renee, and stunning photos!

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Renee August 9, 2014 at 9:22 am

Thanks a bunch Anita

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Lori @ Foxes Love Lemons August 5, 2014 at 7:24 pm

I can TOTALLY see why you were our food photography guru at the conference, Renee. That first shot seriously looks straight off a magazine cover. Put that in a frame and hang it in your kitchen! WOW.

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Renee August 9, 2014 at 9:21 am

Thank you SO much Lori. You made my day with your kind compliment of my photography.

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this domain October 1, 2014 at 9:51 pm

Touche. Sound arguments. Keep up the great effort.

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